More than 10 contractors, mostly foreign companies, have expressed interest in participating in the project for the reconstruction of six substations of Ukrenergo Western Power System.
From October 1 to October 4, their representatives attended 330kV Ivano-Frankivsk, Bohorodchany, Kovel, Rivne, and 220kV Kalush and Boryslav substations to see their technical conditions. On October 7, Ukrenergo held a pre-bid meeting with potential bidders for the procurement of services for the reconstruction of these substations.
Potential bidders include MAPA Construction, LIMAK i BEST ELEKTRIK (Turkey), SIEMENS (Germany), POSCO Int. Corp. (South Korea), COBRA (Spain), CHINA NATIONAL ENGINEERING ELECTRIC, TBEA INTERNATIONAL ENGINEERING & CONSTRUCTION COMPANY (China) and others. These companies have extensive experience in carrying out complex projects in Western Europe, Asia, Central and South America, etc.
The reconstruction of the 220kV and 330kV substations of the Zakhidna Power System is carried out under the international bidding procedure within the framework of the Second Power Transmission Project (PTP-2). The project is financed by loans from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the Clean Technology Fund. The total loan amount for the PTP-2 is 378.43 million US dollars.
The project envisages a comprehensive reconstruction of the substations, which includes automation of control, implementation of digital relay protection, replacement of transformers, switches, construction of new work premises and more. Technically, the reconstruction project is complex enough and requires potential contractors with extensive experience in the construction and engineering work of a high level of complexity with state-of-the-art technologies available.
The terms of participation in the international tender for the reconstruction of six substations of the Zakhidna Power System can be found on the Ukrenergo corporate website. The bids will be opened on November 14, 2019. The announcement of bidding results is expected in January 2020.
Ukrenergo is planning to invest up to 3 billion US dollars in the development of its infrastructure over the next 10 years. Currently, the Ukrainian power system is ahead of other countries in the region in terms of modernisation. These two factors cause the interest of foreign companies to compete for the implementation of Ukrenergo investment projects.
“In order to implement such large-scale development plans, it is very important for the company to attract foreign contractors to tender. We offer foreign companies transparent, stable and reliable financing, supported by international financial organisations,” said First Deputy Chairman of the Management Board of NPC Ukrenergo, Volodymyr Kudrytskyi.